His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Debating Monks at Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India, 2001

In Tibetan Buddhism, debate is considered an integral part of sharpening critical thinking and analytical abilities and demonstrating one’s understanding of Buddhist logic and philosophy.

These monks are part of a sect called the Yellow Hat Sect or Gelugpa.  It was formed by a reformer in the 14th century who wanted to emphasize compassion and emptiness.  The Dalai Lama is the leader of this group.  The picture  of the debating monks was taken in India during the time that the Dalai Lama was present.

I have had the privilege of photographing  His Holiness the Dalai Lama many times, and each time I am impressed by his humility, humanity, and sense of humor.

7 Responses to “His Holiness the Dalai Lama”

  1. Raj Dhanawat Says:

    Hello Sir, Such a beautiful pictures and blog you made over India. I am happy that you are interested in my country.

  2. Hi Mccurry , its inspirational to see ur photos . Word’s i fall short of , seeing the life in what u hve captured . God Bless U .

  3. Steve, I had the privilege of photographing the Dalai Lama when he was in Melbourne recently in a 10 minute photo grab. I then sat through his entire lesson on the front row of a large auditorium. It was an amazing experience.

  4. What an experience! I love the way you are mirroring the Dalai Lama’s posture and the juxtapositioning of the both of you, as if you are sharing some big secret! Thank you for sharing this.

  5. Wow it must have been amazing. Thanks for sharing Steve!

  6. I remember going to a public audience at his house in McLeod Ganj and being amazed at his aura and presence. I can’t think of any other world/religious leader who would open up their own home to complete strangers just to say hello and bless them. An amazing man.

  7. I went to one of his lectures in NYC recently and he definitely has a funny sense of humor ;) -Must be such an awesome experience to be able to photograph him.

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